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Highland Community College - Kansas
606 West Main
Highland KS 66035

PH: 785-442-6039
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Cole Selected as Kansas Basketball Coach of the Year
May 24, 2011

Jerre Cole, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Highland Community College, has been selected as the Junior College Men's Coach of the Year from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA). Cole will be honored in front of the KBCA reception on August 4 at Washburn University.

Cole guided the Scotties to a 22-14 overall record. Highland defeated Johnson County for their first-ever Region VI D-II Championship. The Scotties beat Clarendon College of Texas for the District II title and advanced to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time in Scottie history, winning a game before exiting the double elimination format in their first National Tournament appearance.

Cole, a Washington, Kansas native, played for the Scotties from 1989 to 1991.

Four Scotties Earn All-District E Honors
May 24, 2011

The Highland Community College softball team placed four players on the All-Region VI Division II District E First Team.

Scottie sophomores Taylor Nave (Topeka) and Chenxi Jiao (Beijing, China) along with freshmen Kayla Gritt (Arlington, Tex.) and Zuzana Kudernatschova (Czech Republic) were all selected to the First Team.

Nave is hitting .444 in 135 at-bats while playing second base for the Scotties. She leads the team with 43 runs scored, 13 home runs, and 47 runs batted in. Nave ranks second in the Jayhawk Conference with 45 stolen bases.

Jiao has a 14-2 record on the mound for Scotties, with a team-high 196 stike-outs. She ranks second in the Jayhawk Conference with a 1.24 earned run average in 135.2 innings pitched.

Gritt has a team-high .450 batting average while playing catcher for the Scotties. She has 59 hits in 131 at-bats with 36 runs batted in this season. She has also scored 22 runs in 2011.

Kundernatschova plays both first base and pitches for the Scotties. She has 12-6 overall in 41 mound appearances with a 2.11 earned run average this year. At the plate, Kundernatschova is hitting .368 with 46 hits, 26 runs batted in, 22 runs scored, and eight doubles.

The Scotties ended the season with a 38-12 overall record.

Scotties Offense Not Enough at Softball Nationals
May 24, 2011

The Highland Community College softball team’s spectacular season came to an abrupt end at the NJCAA Division II National Softball Championships as the Scotties lost 1-0 to Kirkwood and 2-0 to Labette.

In the first game, the Scotties put ace sophomore Chenxi Jiao (Beijing, China) on the mound against #4 ranked Kirkwood Community College. Despite Jiao’s eight strikeouts, Highland could manage only two hits for the game. With the game tied at 0-0 and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Kirkwood’s Jenny Nelson hit the game-winning home run. Sophomore Joey Bunch (Loose Creek, MO) and freshman Megan Dortch (Kearney, MO) had the hits for the Scotties.

In the second game, Highland took on a familiar foe in Labette Community College. It would be the third meeting between the two schools this season, with the Cardinals taking the first two games. It would be another pitchers’ duel, with freshman standout Zuzana Kudernatschova (Czech Republic) handling the pitching duties for the Scotties. The game remained scoreless until the Cardinals managed two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning which ended up as the final score. The Scotties managed just five hits for the game.

The Scotties ended the season with a 38-12 overall record. They became the only athletic team in Highland Community College history to earn back-to-back national tournament berths. Coach Heidi Jordan’s team will lose seven sophomores to graduation.

Wilgers Becomes All American in Javelin, Women's Track in Top 20 at Nationals
May 24, 2011

At the National NJCAA Championship Track and Field Meet in Hutchinson, Kansas, Highland Community College sophomore Miranda Wilgers (Palmer) unleashed an all time career best throw of 42.56 meters (139’ 7”) throw in the javelin to lead the Scotties to a top 20 finish.

Entering the finals, Wilgers was seeded 8th with a throw of 38.52 meters (126’ 4”). On her first throw in the finals, she uncorked her best throw of the day, securing her 3rd place finish and All American status. Even more impressively, all of her throws in the finals were over 40 meters. Wilgers also broke the long standing school record of 129-9 set by Scottie Hall of Fame member Jan Schwartz in 1976 by 10 feet. In addition to her outstanding athletic accomplishments, Wilgers also achieved NJCAA Academic All American status with perfect 4.0 GPA during her time at Highland. For that accomplishment, she was selected as a Coaches Association Academic All American.

HCC sophomore Megan Elder (Topeka) also had a very good meet with a 4th place finish in the pole vault, bettering her finish last year in the event. Her medal jump of 11’ 3.75” was a good way to end her career. Elder’s two years at Highland saw her set four school records. She owns the indoor and outdoor pole vault records and the indoor pentathlon record and outdoor heptathlon record as well. In addition, her work in the classroom allowed her to be selected as a Coaches Association Academic All American.

Other Scotties also performed well at the National Meet. Clarissa Thomas (St. Louis, MO) ran a personal best time of 56.22 placing her 10th. Sandy Ewing (St. Louis, MO) placed 11th in the 800, with Callie Anderson (Agency, MO) finishing her career with a 13th place finish in the 400 Hurdles.

The 4x400 meter relay (Thomas, Clay, Senciboy, and Ewing) set a new school record with a time of 3:55.59 scattering the old record 4:01.74 set in 1987 by Warbritton-Gilbert-Shannon-Freeman. The relay made it on the medal stand with a 7th place finish.

The Scottie 4 x 100 relay also set a new school record. The team of Thomas, Clay, Wendt, Wade finished 9th with a time of 47.93. The old record set in 1987 by Warbrittion, Gilbert, Shannon, Freeman was 49.14.

Over all, the Scottie women had six athletes make the medal stand and three school records were broken. The team placed an impressive 15th place in a highly competitive national meet. That puts the team in the top twenty nationally in three consecutive national competitions.

Comments from Coach Tom Bond: “I will greatly miss this year’s group of sophomore athletes. The young ladies we have had the last two years have been a special group. They have lived up to the high standards we ask of them, not only on the track, but in the classroom as well. Their dedication and efforts will be hard to surpass. They have truly set the standards high for future Scotties. I will never forget these young ladies, and hope in some small way we made a difference in their lives while at Highland. “

Women's Track and Field Finishes Year with 15 Academic All-Americans
May 24, 2011

The women’s track program was not only strong on the track with 11 national qualifiers, but finished the academic year with 15 Academic All Americans. This is the largest number in one season for the Scotties.

The women produced five NJCAA Academic All Americans, with Julie Sperfslage and Miranda Wilgers finishing their college careers with 4.0 grade point averages over the two year period. Also named were Callie Anderson, Gelia Gardner, and Ashley Eckhardt.

The Track and Field Coaches Association recognized 10 Scotties for Academic All American honors. Callie Anderson, Ashley Eckhardt, Megan Elder, Courtney Frady, Samantha Good, Paige Schmid, Gelia Gardner, Lisa Scholz, Julie Sperfslage, Jessica Vaughn, and Miranda Wilgers.

This year also saw the women’s cross country team picking up 7th in the nation as a Coaches Association Academic All American Team, with five team members receiving All American status.

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